Hi everyone. I'm new here and you might say new to raising chickens. When I was a small youngster we had chickens but they were yard chickens - no coop or run - so much of this is new to me. BTW - that was way more years ago than I want to remember. I have a neighbor who has a coop/ run and chickens so I get a lot of information from him but - I am designing the coop now and it looks like most people put the nesting boxes with an opening to the outside, making picking up the eggs a lot easier. Some of my neighbors chickens lay in the next boxes and some lay in various spots on the floor in the coop. Is this normal? If it is, why go to the effort of building hinged doors from the outside giving access to the nesting boxes? Thanks for the help and I'm sure there will be more coming.